From the Desk of Operations Director regarding COVID-19

From the desk of Operations Director Melanie Meador

Staff, students and guests,

In the light of recent events regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), The Salon Professional Academy of San Antonio is vigilantly working hard to ensure the health and safety of all who enter The Academy.

We are continually staying abreast of the communications delivered by the CDC, local, state and federal agencies along with the accrediting and government entities that oversee The Academy.

As of today, March 13, The Academy plans to remain open unless local, state or federal agencies call for mandated closures. In the event of an unexpected closure, a plan will be made for continuity of education. The Academy is not distance education approved so alternative or temporary plans will be put in place according to the information and guidelines given by our overseeing agencies.

Our normal day-to-day training and protocols are based off textbook lessons of infection control which require universal precautions, sterilization and sanitations before, during and after each service utilizing CDC recommended disinfecting agents. This, along with proper personal care of frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer, is encouraged.

The Academy has posted CDC signs with guidelines and recommendations throughout the school. We ask that any staff, student or guest that has confirmed exposure to the Coronavirus through travel or close contact please refrain from exposing others. Anyone showing signs or symptoms of the virus including fever or cough please take precautions and avoid entering The Academy.

As new information comes our way, please stayed tuned to The Academy’s website blog, TSPA SA public and TSPA SA student Facebook page, e-mails, texts and Academy door postings for any further guidelines and precautions. The health and safety of everyone is of the utmost importance to The Salon Professional Academy of San Antonio.

Thank you,

Melanie Meador


How to talk to your Colorist: Haircolor terms & definitions

1. Basecolor: Color applied at the root area or all-over before a dimensional/creative color technique is done.

2. Contrast: Contrast is a value applied to highlights. High-contrast highlights are much lighter than the surrounding hair and provide a dramatic look. Lower contrast highlights result in a more natural look.

3. Cool: Cool is a tonal value that can apply to blonde, brunette, and red shades. A color is said to have “cool tones” if it tends toward blue, violet or green. Cool colors include platinum blondes, ash browns, and plum reds.

4. Coverage: Coverage is a measure of a haircolor’s ability to cover gray. Some haircolor formulations are too transparent to effectively cover gray hair. Redken Color Gels Permanent Conditioning Haircolor provides exceptional gray coverage with resistance to fading.

5. Dimension: Dimension is a function of the range of tones in your hair. A head of hair that is all one color is said to be “flat” or lacking dimension. Your stylist can add dimension to your hair with highlights or lowlights.

6. Double-process: A double-process color refers to anytime two color services are done in one visit. Generally this is done by doing the first color service, washing and drying the hair, then doing the second color. This can include lightening the hair then applying a toner, or doing a permanent color followed by a glaze.

7. Express Highlights: Express Highlights are done by applying a small amount of foils or painted-on pieces, usually focused on framing the face.

8. Glaze: Glazes involve using a semi-permanent color to enhance, enrich, change, match, tone down or intensify natural or color-treated hair while harmonizing contrast.

9. Hair Painting: Hair Painting, also known as balayage, is the process of free-handing or sweeping hair color, lightener or toner downwards in soft strokes directly on the surface of the desired section. This method is used to create dimension with a natural, softer look.

10. Highlights: Highlighting hair means isolating select strands in the hair and treating them with a haircolor or lightener to make them lighter than their base/natural color. Highlights can add dimension by contrasting with the rest of the hair and are created with foils, a cap or special combs or brushes used for “painting on” the color.

11. Lift: Lift is the chemical process of lightening the color of the hair. Different haircolor formulations have different lifting abilities.

12. Lowlights: Lowlights are created by using color with foils, caps, or painted on to darken specific pieces and create dimension. Generally low lights will be 2-3 levels darker than your basecolor and slightly warmer. This can be used for a more natural look or create accents within the hair.

13. Rebalancing: Rebalancing is the process of bringing the hair back into balance, and can be created with the combination of highlights and lowlights, and/or glazes.

14. Single-process:  A single process refers to any color service that is done in one step. This can be using a permanent color that lifts and deposits, a glaze, highlights/lowlights without toning, or a creative color service with only one process.

15. Texture: Texture, as defined by the diameter of an individual hair strand, is generally described as fine, medium, or coarse. Your stylist will factor in your hair’s texture when determining your best color formulation.

16. Trend Pastel: Trend Pastel refers to the softened, lightened hues of colors such as red, purple, green, orange, yellow, or blue. Pastel tones of color are meant as colorants and toning shades, and are best achieved when applied to very pale blonde hair to create for example pink, lavender, mint green tones.

17. Tone: Tone, in haircoloring, is the term used to describe a specific color—”golden” blonde, “coppery” red, “ash” brown. Colors are divided into warm tones and cool tones.

18. Warm: Warm is a tonal value that can apply to blonde, brunette, and red shades. A color is said to have “warm tones” if it tends toward yellow, orange or red. Warm colors include golden blondes, auburn brunettes, and coppery
Click the above LINK for more information about Redken Haircolor

Ombre VS. Balayage: What is the difference?

If you’re ready to change up your haircolor and you can’t decide between Ombre and Balayage because, well, you can’t know the difference between Balayage and Ombre: you are not alone. Redken Artist Marie-Eve Faucher admits it can be hard to understand what sets them apart and which one is right for you. Let Marie-Eve along with fellow Redken Artists Jaclyn Harwood and Twylla Jane help you decode the difference in the ultimate match up: Ombre vs. Balayage.

What is Balayage?

@marieevefaucher blonde balayage

Balayage is all about how the color is applied. The word Balayage originates from the French term “to sweep.” With Balayage, not necessarily all the ends will be affected and the transition between dark and light will be much longer and more natural looking.

What is Ombre?

@marieevefaucher brunette ombre

Ombre is a haircolor technique where all the ends are going be affected and the transition from the deeper roots and light ends is going to be pretty short. The definition for Ombre is the French word for “color that is shaded or graduated in tone”.

So what is the difference between balayage and ombre? And what makes them similar?

“Ombre is typically done with lightener being placed horizontally with full saturation of the section and then blended upward to diffuse the line and Balayage will take smaller sectioning, where color will be painted onto the surface of the hair,” says Twylla Jane. Ombre is more of a horizontal placement and Balayage is more vertical.

In short, Ombre is a bit more of a style; Balayage is a technique.

Both result in a pretty low maintenance routine, since the haircolor placement is not strict but done in gradual (for Ombre) or sweeping (for Balayage) placement. Regular foil highlights, for example, require more regular visits to the salon. However, getting the actual service done and achieving the result you’re looking for can be expensive.

“Balayage and Ombre are both specialized, often times requiring a higher beauty budget and time in the salon,” Jaclyn says. “It is a low maintenance result, but important to continue haircare treatments and consistent visits to the salon to maintain optimal color results.”

What does the difference between ombre and balayage mean for me?

The good news is that anyone can try either look, depending on their desired result. The two techniques can even be used together on any haircolor for any desired haircolor.

Choosing which one is right for you really depends on the look you’re trying to achieve. Whether you’re looking for a blonde, brown, red, rose gold or even vivid color look, your artist should be able to work with you on either technique to create what the color effect you’re going for.

“The creative possibilities are endless,” Jaclyn says.

Depending on how much you’re changing your hair can also determine how many times you might need the processes done at the get go. For example, if you’re looking to lift your natural color to a much lighter state, your stylist will probably need to work on achieving your desired color over a few visits. “It takes time and is not guaranteed that your hair will lift that much in one visit,” she says. “A slower lift is a safer lift.”

Speaking of safe color…How can I make my ombre or balayage last?

Keeping your hair protected during Ombre or Balayage is vital for achieving and maintaining the color. When your hair is colored in any way, whether it’s lifted to a brighter color or altered to a darker one, it changes the pH balance of your scalp. You should talk to your stylist about what’s best to keep your hair feeling and looking healthy. Twylla recommends asking your stylist about Color Extend Bonder. She also recommends the Color Extend Care line if you’re treating your hair with for Ombre, Balayage or both!

For more information from Redken and Redken Blog, click the link below!

Bondcure damaged hair treatment from Redken

Is there anything better than leaving the salon with your dream haircolor? Actually, yes. Leaving the salon with your dream haircolor without damage takes the cake. That’s why Redken created Bondcure, a restorative treatment that combines the protective power of pH-Bonder and the healing power of Heatcure. It’s a must-have service if you are a color chameleon looking to embark on your next haircolor transformation, or if you’re a blonde ready to refresh your color. Read on to see how this signature treatment can enhance your haircolor experience during and after your service.

What Is Bondcure?

To help keep hair looking its best, Bondcure combines two professional salon services, pH-Bonder and Heatcure Professional.Photo Credit:  @redken

To help keep hair looking its best, Bondcure combines two powerhouse duos – pH-Bonder and Heatcure Professional. While pH-Bonder works to protect hair’s bonds during a color service, Heatcure can help restore the look of hair so that it not only looks but feels healthy. During the Heatcure portion of the service, the restoration treatment formula uses a combination of proteins, oils and waxes. To lock in the ingredients, the formula disperses cationic conditioners into the hair to provide lasting, restorative results. When the formula comes in contact with the Heatcure tool, the heat that this generates alongside the ingredients helps penetrate deeply into the cuticle and cortex of the hair. These two components work together to protect the integrity of the hair.

Who Benefits From Using Bondcure?

With a Bondcure service, you can restore previous hair damage on your hair.Photo Credit:  @eric_j_ray

If you are looking to restore the look of your hair and bring it back to a healthier level, you are a great candidate for a Bondcure service. Whether you are dealing with damage from hot tools or haircolor treatments, you will reap the protective and conditioning benefits of both components found in Bondcure. To maintain the feel of healthy hair, you should continue to care for your hair at home with pH-Bonder Post-Service Perfector and Heatcure Self-Heating Treatment

Beauty Myths: Fact or Fiction 4

Skincare Myth: Blackheads are dirt trapped in your pores…

Fact or Fiction? Fiction!

Do you stare at those tiny little dark spots on your skin thinking its dirt? Its not! Its really oil and dead skin that got trapped. When the oil and skin oxidize its get darker in color which makes it look dirty!

Skincare Myth: SPF’s with the highest #’s let me stay in the sun longer…

Fact or Fiction? Fiction!

No way! The number of the SPF doesn’t tell how long you can stay in the sun BUT how well it protects you against the suns damaging rays. The best sunscreens are Broad Spectrum which protects you against UVA & UVB rays. Always reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours regardless of SPF for the best protection.

Skincare Myth: You should exfoliate daily to achieve glowing skin….

Fact or Fiction? Fiction!

Exfoliating your skin more than 2-3 times a week can do a lot more harm than good. It can dry out your skin or cause tiny tears that will make your skin most vulnerable to bacteria and acne.

Beauty Myths: Fact or Fiction 3

Hair Myth: You always need to shampoo your hair twice for it to be clean..

Fact or Fiction? Fiction!

If you wash your hair daily then there is no point. If you have been sweating, doing yard work, swimming etc. you may want to wash twice to remove excess dirt/build-up. If you happen to have excessive product build up or only wash 2x weekly you should use a deep cleansing shampoo followed by your stylist recommended daily shampoo.


Skin Care Myth: You don’t need anti-aging skincare products when you are younger….

Fact or Fiction? Fiction!

Starting a good anti-aging regimen in as early as your 20’s will help prevent as much aging damage as possible. There is no need to wait for the fine lines and wrinkles to show up before you start using the proper anti-aging skincare products.

Hair Myth: Washing your hair daily strips the natural oils….

Fact or Fiction? Fiction!

Your hair goes everywhere you do! If you are exposed to sweat, dirt, chlorine, etc. you’ll need to wash. You always want to keep your scalp clean and healthy. Also, your skin sheds and you’ll want to wash on a regular basis to release the skin cells trapped in your hair so it doesn’t get build-up of flakes.


Skincare Myth: Its cloudy out, you don’t need sunscreen today….

Fact or Fiction? Fiction!

Always wear sunscreen! People tend to get most burnt on the days they “think” they don’t need it! Harmful UV rays bounce off the clouds so just because you cant see the sun doesn’t mean you cant get burnt! Regardless of how cloudy or sunny the day is make it a habit to apply your sunscreen regularly.


Beauty Myths: Fact or Fiction Part 2

Skincare Myth: I don’t need to wear SPF every day because there is some in my makeup.

Fact or Fiction: Fiction!

You should include SPF in your daily skincare routine. To the most coverage you’ll need about 14 times the normal amount of Finishing powder with SPF or 7 times the Liquid make up with SPF usual amounts of product to achieve the SPF that most products claim to have.



Skincare Myth: Oily skin doesn’t need to be moisturized…

Fact or Fiction? Fiction!

All skin needs moisture to maintain a natural balance. If it gets out of whack, your skin will be forced to produce more oils than necessary and that can cause more problems.


Skincare Myth: Wash your face as often as possible to remove acne causing bacteria….

Fact or Fiction? Fiction!

Excessive washing can leave your skin dehydrated. Wash nightly before bed to remove dirt, make-up residue and oils that can clog pores. Wash in the morning to remove any excess oils and dead skin cells that accumulates while you were sleeping.


Skincare Myth: Make-Up causes acne….

Fact or Fiction: Fiction!

Studies show that in most cases acne most likely caused by the way you treat your skin on a daily basis and the cleanliness of your make-up brushes. Cleansing your face daily with a good facial cleanser to remove make up residue AND washing your make-up brushes on a regular basis so you don’t introduce bacteria into your pores.

And The Winner Is…



TSPA San Antonio was awarded 1st place for highest % in retail to service & 2nd place for total guests per student at the annual TSPA conference in Arizona October 28th-30th!  A huge thank you to our amazing students and talented educators for all of their hard work and dedication in making TSPA San Antonio a great place to learn and grow in the beauty industry!

2016 Beauty For a Cause



On October 25th, we kicked off our first ever Beauty for a Cause event! TSPA San Antonio chose 10 breast cancer survivors from numerous nominations for a day of pampering from our TSPA students, which included a mani/pedi, makeup application, and hairstyle.  It was truly an honor to meet and show our support to these strong, beautiful women!






Congratulations Graduates!

tspa-graduatesOn Wednesday, October 19th, TSPA San Antonio celebrated the graduation of our students who completed their programs in 2016!

Congratulations to the following:


  • Lawrence Acosta
  • Audrey Arnim
  • Megan Arserio
  • Jenna Barrera
  • Karlie Boyd
  • Samantha Castillo
  • Dannie Cruz
  • Katie Dahlstrom
  • Elizabeth Hayes
  • Katherine Humble
  • Namrata Kharel
  • Harmony Kreutziger
  • Morgan Johnson
  • Alaina McDaniel
  • Keli Polston
  • Kayla Reddout
  • Courtney Rittiman
  • Julie Saenz
  • Brianna Sandoval
  • Naomi Velazquez



  • Alexis Brown
  • Marsha Cavazos
  • Meghan Elliott
  • Valeria Jalomo
  • Rebeccah Ko
  • Jessica Lands
  • Estela Proulx
  • Shayna Sepulveda
  • Teagan Smelker
  • Nancy Wegert

We wish our graduates the best of luck and much success in their new endeavors in the beauty industry!